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My first mattress run was inspired entirely by the awesome Club Carlson Big Night Giveaway promotion, in which you earned 50,000 Gold Points by staying once in their properties until December 30, 2011. After I read a very helpful post by The Points Guy, I decided to give it a try. The nearest Radisson to me in December 2011 was Radisson Boston.

The Points Guy described a method of earning additional 4500 points when you register for Club Carlson via TGIF, which brings your bonus to a total of  54,500. However, due  to various other bonuses, which were all a pleasant surprise, here’s what I ended up earning from just this one stay:

I expected all bonuses but the 2,000 Welcome Next Stay Bonus. Indeed, soon after, I booked my next stay in Krakow’s Radisson for January, so perhaps they called it!

As my mattress run took place during a busy time for me, I was not able to explore the hotel as much as I would have wanted.  I never made it to the temporary lounge with complimentary drinks and snacks, set up on the occasion of  the major renovation works in December 2011 (a fact, which was not obvious to me at the time of booking; perhaps out of the excitement with the promo, I overlooked it on the website).

When I heard the morning song of the jackhammers, though, I was glad that I was only on a mattress run! I seriously admire the hotel staff who were all extremely helpful and cheerful. They joked about the face lift the hotel is getting and they assisted me with finding the entrance, hidden in the maze of wooden plank enclosures of the construction workers. Especially the gentleman greeting the visitors on the ground level, while being exposed to the construction noise probably all of his workday, deserves my sincere admiration.

My room was located on the 22nd floor, which for me was a bonus.

When I arrived in the afternoon, the sun was already setting.

 Arlington has a moderately exciting skyline.

The Boston Common was somewhat visible from my balcony.

View from the balcony on Monday morning.

The interior of the room was pleasant and clean but its age showed.

The bathroom sink and toiletries.

Radisson Boston in a December sunset.

Radisson Boston in the morning.

Overall, Radisson Boston is a perfectly fine hotel for a city get-away. It is located centrally, very close to the Green Line, and surrounded by amazing restaurants: the fondue serving Melting Pot and luxurious Smith and Wollensky, and many others. It’s a perfect hotel to come back to after a long day of sight-seeing but it is not the hotel in which one is tempted to spend an entire day in bed. Its convenient location is ideal for dynamic travelers but I suspect that the luxury experience hunters will not find the basic room amenities worth their time. In the end, I suppose it depends on the rate and mine was indeed basic ($159/night).

The Golden Points from this mattress run (plus all the added promotions and points from my January 2012 stay in Radisson Krakow) will give me about 7 free nights in Category 1 hotels, 9000 Golden Points per night. I have my eyes on the Estonian properties in Tallin for potential New Years 2013 in that part of the world but I haven’t decided yet.

This promotion pretty much won me over and it is likely I will stay loyal to Club Carlson when it is an option in the city I’m heading to, especially if it continues to treat its customers so generously. Another great aspect of Club Carlson is that it offers free internet to its guests in Radisson hotels worldwide and Carlson hotels in the US. Although I did not use internet on this occasion, I used it heavily in Krakow and it was great not having to pay for it.

The BEST holidays

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